News from the Lute Society

Dante Ferrara will be giving lunchtimeconcert at Sheffield Cathedral on Tuesday 29th January, 1.15 to 2pm. He will be playing cittern, lute, orpharion, colascione and hurdy gurdy. Entry free,collection at end.

Mark Wheeler's combo, [soprano, recorders, lutes, etc] - see their website have a new concert tour in England coming up:

  • Thursday 13/3/08, 7.30, Holywell Music Room Oxford,
  • Friday 14/3/08, 8.00, Colwall Village Hall, Mill Lane, Malvern
  • Saturday 15/3/08, 7.30, The Studio @ TPS Cranford Road GU32 3LU, Petersfield tel: 01730 234641
  • Sunday, 16/3/08, 3.00, The nave, 1 St Paul's Road, Islington, London N1 2QN boxoffice@thenave.org3.

You are warmly welcomed to the next Institute of Musical Research seminar.
'Directions in Musical Research', Thursday 31 January 2008, 5 - 6.30 pm, Senate House, Malet St. (Room NG14).
Free of charge. Open to all. No booking necessary.
Nearest tubes: Euston Sq; Russell Sq; Goodge St.

Sara González-Castrejón (Répertoire Internationale d'Iconographie Musicale/IMR Visiting Research Fellow)
Musical Iconography, Law, and the Origins of Civilization in Early Modern Political Culture

This paper will make a contribution to the study of musical iconography in relation to the history of political thought. I will depart from ancient Greek political texts, which describe music as a paradigm of the cosmos. String instruments are one of the most frequently used - but least studied - metaphors of power in early modern Western culture: the seven-string lyre in particular appears as an emblem of the harmony of the seven planets, being also an appropriate metaphor of the laws that rule the microcosm of the city-State. I will also draw on Biblical testimonies, which present King David as a zither- or harp player as well as a fair ruler, whereas in Revelation, chordophones refer to the Kingdom of God, to the New World, represented by the Celestial Jerusalem after the last victory over Satan and the Last Judgment. Both traditions converge in the fact that in the first centuries of the Christian era Jesus was often perceived and represented as the logos, the cosmic power of harmony, and authors like St Augustine establish a comparison between the ten-stringed psaltery mentioned in the Psalms and the Ten Commandments which will be transmitted through the medieval period.

My paper will analyze the impact of these sources in early modern identifications of law with music, from Jean Bodin's idea of harmonic justice in The Six Books on the Commonwealth (1575) to political emblems dedicated to the legendary characters Amphion and Orpheus (interpreted from the Christian point of view) and based on the magic power of music as a tool of civilization. I intend to locate the musical iconography of law in the wider panorama of the origins of the modern State, when ruling becomes an art, a techne, which the prince has to develop in order to create social harmony.

Prof. Katharine Ellis
Director, Institute of Musical ResearchSchool of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House
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Jeff Rodriguez ( ex Portugal ) will be giving a recital Sat 9 Feb @ 7.30 pm at The Greenwood Centre, School Rd, Hampton Hill, Middx TW12 1QE.
Tickets £8/7
Programme Bach, Cabazon, Lopez Graca, Regondi, Ascencio etc.
Details 0208 891 6889 or website

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